PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 15: Carlos Queiroz head coach of Portugal give captain Cristiano Ronaldo instructions during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between Ivory Coast and Portugal at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 15, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Portugal Makes A Statement: Routs North Korea, 7-0

Two of the best defensive teams in the tournament face each other in Monday's early match, with North Korea needing a point from Portugal to stay alive in the 2010 World Cup.

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World Cup 2010, Portugal Vs. North Korea: Thiago Portugal's Fourth Different Goal Scorer

Portugal’s third goal in seven minutes puts the Seleccao up 4-0 and further assures Portugal will advance to the knock-out rounds.

Portugal again beat North Korean down their left flank, this time playing Cristiano Ronaldo behind the defense. The winger cut back a pass for midfielder Thiago, who opened his foot on a shoot to the right of net, beating Ri Myong-Guk for Portugal’s fourth goal.

Portugal is now on a +4 goal difference and, if they win today, will be on four points. If results standing, the only way Portugal would miss the knockout stage is if they lose on Friday to Brazil while Cote d’Ivoire beats North Korea and the Ivorians turn-around a six goal diffeernce (Cote d’Ivoire sitting at -2).


World Cup 2010, Portugal Vs. North Korea: Fabio Coentrao Cross Headed Home By Hugo Almeida

Left back Fabio Coentrao beat the North Korean defense down the left side of attack, getting to the by line and crossing for forward Hugo Almeida, whose header back across goal made it 3-0, Portugal.

Almeida’s 56th minute goal was Portugal’s second in three minutes, coming after Almeida contributed to the build-up for Simao’s 53rd minute goal.


World Cup 2010, Portugal Vs. North Korea: Simao Puts Portugal Up Two After 54 Minutes

Winger Simao, who was a surprising omission from Carlos Queiroz’s team against Cote d’Ivoire, finished a Raul Meireles set-up in the 59th minute to put Portugal up 2-0 over North Korea.

Portugal used a series of small passed to break down the North Korea defense, with Hugo Almeida laying a pass off to Meireles in the arc. The midfielder slid a pass to the right of attack for an oncoming Simao who slid his shot under a lunging Ri Myong-Guk for Portugal’s second goal.


World Cup 2010, Portugal Vs. North Korea: Meireles Finishes Thiago Ball, Puts Portugal Up In 29th Minute

Portugal midfielder Raul Meireles’s run through the North Korean defense was rewarded by Thiago, who slid a ball through the defense from 25 yards out, allowing Meireles to run onto a ball eight yards from goal and beat Ri Myong-Guk for the Seleccao’s first goal of World Cup 2010.

Meireles ran around three North Korean defenders and onto the Thiago pass to the right of goal. The ball, skidding along the wet Cape Town surface, slowed up right before is reached the six yard box. Ri, coming off his line, could not reach the ball before Meireles put a right foot to it, beating the goalkeeper to his left for the opening goal.

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